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in the economy. still to come, the hunt for the hot idea. why venture capitalists are ramping up the search for the next big thing. that's later. but first, why farmers are bracing for higher expenses in 2013. that's next with bill moller. some quiet but very important changes are taking place down on the farm these days. they're prompted by the sky-high land prices that we have seen for the past few years, but also by new technologies and greater efficiencies. these changes are outlined in a report from the federal reserve bank of chicago. david oppedahl is the business economist who compiled the data. why don't you first talk, david, in general terms about these changes and trends? > > agriculture is seeing a lot of activity in the last few years as some of the commodity prices have gone up a lot and you see corn and soybean growing in terms of the ability to grow, but then also as the prices have been higher, the yields are higher in general, but then this last year was a drought year, so that kind of set some momentum back. but overall, the land values have been rising, the efficiencies
of the big laggard on, i think, the global economy. so if europe gets its act together, i think the s&ps go to the moon. > what would you buy right now then, just an s&p index? > > yeah, i would be looking at spiders or an s&p future, or call options on the s&p futures with the vix so low. > you are definitely a bull in this market. > > absolutely. > would you buy any stocks related to germany? > > you know, maybe. i think i would still like to stick to core u.s., because u.s. continues to lead the overall world. > mark, great to have you on the show. we will see you in a bit. > > thanks for having me. president obama turns up the heat on members of congress to avoid automatic cuts to federal funding that could start by the end of next week. the deadline was created to help settle the debt ceiling crisis in 2011. but as our cover story explains, so far, sequestration has become another term for a stalemate. standing among first-responders who'd face cutbacks statrting march first, president obama called sequestration "a meat cleaver approach." "these cuts are not smart, they are not fair, t
of real threats to our security and our economy." the push for cyber security coincides with a report from computer security firm mandiant saying it exposed china's military directing cyber espionage of u.s. companies. the report said the chinese stole technology blueprints, proprietary manufacturing processes, partnership agreements, contact lists and more. "businesses need to be both aware of cyber security problems and to be proactive in adopting best practices to protect themselves and our economy." "their designs are taken. they may find them sold to chinese companies who eat into the market share of that company. overall, the u.s. economy can be hurt." the response from the white house: a series of executive orders to pursue, prosecute and punish the offenders, and a call for the private sector to share information - that last point a difficult one for companies trying to keep competitive advantage over one another. "they could be sued by business partners, employees and others if their proprietary information is shared under the guise of solving cyber security problems." some think
. but think about it, 12 years later, 13 years later, the economy is producing so much more on gdp and dollar-wise, but the s&p is just finally getting to those levels of 2000. > moving over to the dow, what should investors be doing there? > > i think investors are really embracing the dow and these big blue-chip companies. it has been a great performer so far this year. the dividends that these big blue chips pay are still very attractive. and for the people moving into stocks, that big dividend kind of helps. > matt, i can't let you take off without a look at some names and some stocks that you would want to buy. what is on your list? > > stick to the eternal brands, and i think that is the story of the market. your stocks like 3m, united technologies, ibm, all those stocks are going to do well. but don't forget, of course, your utilities, and those fast-growing companies. one i like to talk about his fastenal. i talked about that a couple months ago. > thanks for your help. that is matt shapiro, president of mws capital. it's estimated that there are more than 8.5 million industrial and s
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